The recently-crowned number one song in the country, as you probably know, is a Seattle-based white independent hip-hop artist's ode to shopping at thrift stores. I'm not sure exactly how the stars aligned and/or what Illuminati clerical error caused it to happen, but "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and ... More >>
Yesterday I posted a list of six potential summer jamsthose songs that will be inescapable in the city this summer. But by limiting myself to only songs that I liked, I blinded myself to the song that is probably going to be as inescapable-slash-suffocating this summer as LMFAO's "Party Rock ... More >>
Last night, Rihanna and Chris Brown leaked two collaborations, a remix of her dessert-fetish track "Birthday Cake" and a rework of his Generic Club Banger No. 86 "Turn Up The Music." The releases inspired much rending of garments and gnashing of teeth, but how do they fit into the pantheon of trollg ... More >>
Antony's heartwrenching take on "Crazy In Love" last night capped off a week where cover songs were seemingly dropping into my lap on a daily basis. Why not take time out of your schedule to enjoy them now?
You might have heard that the much-discussed singer Lana Del Rey had her U.S. television debut this past weekend on Saturday Night Live, and that the hive mind of public opinion declared that her performances, of "Video Games" and "Blue Jeans" did not go well. The satirical indie-chronicle Hipster R ... More >>
After a dismal showing at yesterday's Iowa caucuses, one-time Republican Presidential front-runner and "interesting person" Michele Bachmann announced today that she was ending her campaign to be sworn in as Commander-in-Chief next January. Once the brief press conference disseminating the news ende ... More >>
You know, I actually found Rebecca Black kinda charming back in the day ("the day" in this case being, uh, March). Here was a girl who couldn't sing, or who at least had a fascinatingly weird way of pronouncing certain vowels, and whose parents (perhaps to make up for that?) basically gave he ... More >>
Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Friday, June 24
Better than: Watching broadcast TV without a DVR.
Explaining where I was going on Friday night engendered one of two single-syllable reactions from my friends: "Ugh!" or "Who?" Pomplamoose, the male-female duo from San Francisco who became fa ... More >>
Katy Perry w/Robyn
Sunday, June 19
Better than: Being sent to bed without dessert.
Pop music can be a funny thing sometimes. So often, the factors that divide fandom from outright loathing can be completely extramusical, yet they can still inspire frothing at the mouth/ ... More >>
A snapshot from a more innocent, less street-clogging time. You'd think that the dire prospects of Men In Black 3 would have Will "No Longer The Fresh Prince" Smith trying to make friends wherever he goes, but he's apparently getting people annoyed in Soho with the big-ass movie-star trailer ... More >>
The roll-out to the May 23 release of Lady Gaga's Born This Way, the record that will either save the full-length pop album as we know it or cause the whole music-biz enterprise to capsize underneath the weight of its lengthy tracklist and umlaut-flinging, continued with today's release of "E ... More >>
The good thing about this weekend is that your Twitter feeds won't be cluttered with SXSW tweets. Unfortunately, they'll likely be replaced by DJs tweeting about being on the beach in Miami for WMC. (Whatever. It's almost Spring here too.)
Thankfully, at least a handful dance acts decided to ... More >>
Guardian Alien's Greg Fox, in the house that Parts and Labor built. Pics by Rebecca.On a quiet residential block near the BQE in Greenpoint, a vacant former convent and schoolhouse came alive on Saturday thanks to a collective called Rabid Handsand 60 or so artists they invited to collaborate ... More >>
Love u Chris...
Pitchfork is having a good week. Yesterday, our pal Jon Caramanica wrote a piece in the New York Times suggesting the website had pretty much fully arrived as a "hegemon of taste," in the words of one super-fan. This weekend, the publication will host its annual music festival out ... More >>
all photos and captions by Rebecca SmeyneYIMBY columnist Chris Weingarten's contribution used the album as a platform for what appears to be... well, let's leave it to Chris, who chimes in with an update. "My piece is the jar itself, which is full of water and the record after put it in a blender. N ... More >>
YYYs, by Rebecca Smeyne, of course.In the week in which death shrugged off the "summer of" appellation and kept right on killing people, we mourned the Death Set's Beau Velasco, a good man cut down too early, and Mr. Magic, whose work as a DJ in New York in the 1980s is an enormous wormhole d ... More >>